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Today's Death Notices

Mable Hart, of Lincklaen

Johanna K. Lawton, 87, of Norwich

Margery A. Kocher, 80, of Sherburne

Last Week's Obituaries

Betty Jane Nolan

Published on: Friday, May 15, 2015

Betty Jane Nolan, 93 years young, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 15, 2015, at the Senior Living at Chenango Memorial Hospital. She was born February 21, 1921 in Syracuse, New York the daughter of Herman and Florence (Larrabee) Fickeisen. Betty attended Syracuse Schools and graduated from Syracuse Central High School. On July 4, 1941, she married James E. Nolan at All Saints Episcopal Church in Syracuse, and in 1959 they moved to Norwich when Jim went to work at the John C. Stott Agency.

Betty and Jim joined Emmanuel Episcopal Church where she became a member of the Choir and Altar Guild. She was in the Ladies Group always helping with bake sales, rummage sales and other activities to raise money for the church to use where it was best needed. Betty would always volunteer to bake pies, deliver food or flowers, or do any other jobs that she was able to do for the church. Faith was very important to Betty and she attended church until her health kept her away. She always attended services brought to the Chenango Valley Home, where she lived for five years, and later at the Senior Living at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital.

In 1962 she went to work at Valley Video where she was in charge of accounts for 17 years. She loved working there and meeting everyone and made a lot of forever friends. Betty was an extremely active member of the community. Attending activities that her children were in at school, she followed the Norwich marching band all over the state and country for their performances, and went to so many of the school musicals, as well as the Council of the Arts programs. She loved attending the parades and fireworks in town, with the Christmas Parade being her favorite one.

Betty was a member of the Chenango Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed her 35+ years of volunteer work at the hospital front desk every Tuesday morning. She loved working for the “Welcome Wagon” years before. Her home demonstration group, Norwich Night Owls, was a fun way to share recipes, cook new things and do crafting projects. Those parties and dinners were such an enjoyment for her. Betty also enjoyed singing with the Chenango Valley Voices for different events. For many years she would work for the Board of Elections. That was a long day but she loved the enjoyment of seeing everyone. For many years the week of the Chenango County Fair was a busy time for her. She loved her African Violets and many of her backyard flowers that she had such good luck growing. She won a few ribbons for several of them. You would also find her working at the main gate, taking tickets, collecting money and enjoying seeing so many people. She was also a 50+ year member of the Bonafide Hiawatha Solvay Chapter #567, Order of the Eastern Star at Solvay, NY.

Betty enjoyed traveling. Her favorite vacation was to cruise. Always traveling on these adventures with Betty and Jim were their best friends, Dick and Marion Cook. She and Marion would take bus trips to NYC for the day to shop or for a show. She would go on longer trips to Branson for the entertainment and Atlantic City for the fun. Betty loved to shop and loved to be on the go. She enjoyed the company of her good friend Tom Tansey with trips to Florida and other adventures. For many years, Betty would join a group of girlfriends and play cards once a week. They were ready to start playing now that the holidays were over when she passed. Diane, Joyce, Molly, Mary and Shirley will now be in a group of five with one empty chair.

Betty was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, James E. Nolan and sons James E. Nolan Jr. and Phillip H. Nolan.

Betty is survived by her daughter Nancy Nolan Gibbon, son-in-law Michael A. Gibbon of Norwich; daughter-in-law Sandi Nolan of Las Vegas, NV; her grandson Michael Nolan and his wife Kelly and great grandson Sean of Las Vegas, NV. She is also survived by step-grandchildren, Steve Gibbon and wife Dara, Amy Conklin and husband Shane, Brenda Gibbon Haltner and husband Robert. Three step-great grandchildren Thomas Gibbon, Abigail and Emily Flynn also survive. She enjoyed a special friendship with her dear friend Tom Tansey. Also surviving is a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betty would not want us to forget her love of her favorite Bulldog, Harley Davidson Gibbon who brought her so much laughter and joy. Sitting in her lap as a pup, beside her for the ear rubs or just waiting for his treats. He was known and welcomed by all at the Chenango Valley Home and at Senior Living at Chenango Memorial Hospital.

A funeral service for Betty will be held on Wednesday, May 20, at 11 a.m. from the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Norwich. The Rev. Charles Taylor, Rector, will officiate. Friends may call at the church that morning from 10-11 a.m. Interment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery of Syracuse.

Please consider in lieu of flowers memorial contributions to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, PO Box 203, Norwich , NY 13815 or to the Mr. & Mrs. James E. Nolan Scholarship Fund, Opportunities for Chenango Inc., ATTN: Bonnie Abbott, 44 West Main St., Norwich, NY 13815.

Arrangements are with the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home.

Kenneth Earl Holt

Published on: Friday, May 15, 2015

As many have undoubtedly heard, Kenneth Earl Holt recently passed away, thus embarking on his next great adventure. It is difficult to find the appropriate words to portray the amazing life he led, and the countless lessons he passed onto his four daughters, thirteen grandchildren, and growing number of great-grandchildren.

Despite a very poor childhood, 'Gramps' made a comfortable life for his wife Barbara and their children. To those who knew and worked with him, including those at SUNY Morrisville's Norwich extension where he taught, Norwich Pharmaceutical, and even the farmer markets and garage sales he frequented, Ken was known for his honesty, fairness, and sense of humor. He was a man of ideas and planning, a man who was never lost even if he had no idea where the road was taking him. He had exceptional business sense, whether helping his wife Barbara with Paradox Books or most recently, with his wildly efficient and entertaining F.R.P enterprise. Above all, he was a man of love.

He enjoyed telling stories from his life: as a boy in Utica, donning a black cape over his skinny body and sneaking through the blackouts during WWII, pretending to be the superhero The Night Stalker; causing mischief with his best friend Nick during their Army days; traveling throughout Europe with Barbara; his experiences programming first-generation computers.

He adored his grandchildren and we in return adored him equally. He taught us innumerable life lessons, from the importance of hard work, the joy of learning, and that it is always okay to be goofy. The thirteen of us are as different as family can be, yet we're bound together by a love for Gramps that will never wane (and the knowledge of how much a banana-box of books weighs).

As his family, we do not ask for condolences or your sadness. Yes, his absence is palatable and we will forever miss him. Yet we are not sad. Instead, we wish to focus and celebrate the loving, unique man. He lived a life that any metric would deem a success. He spent over sixty years with the love of his life, had a gaggle of grandchildren that adored him, traveled extensively throughout the world, and through it all, remained true to himself. We can all aim to live such a life.

Ken, Dad, Gramps, Poppa. Thank you for all the greatest lessons. We love you.

Kenneth A. Robb

Published on: Tuesday, May 19, 2015


BALDWINSVILLE – Kenneth A. Robb, 71 of Baldwinsville, NY passed away unexpectedly on May 16, 2015 at his home. He was born on December 21, 1943 in Norwich, NY the son of the late Donald and Helen (Enggaard) Robb.

He is survived by his sisters, Cynthia Casanova of Crystal Lake, IL and Priscilla (Pam) Robb of Oxford, NY; his nieces and nephews, Elizabeth (Stephen) Casanova Yost of Crystal Lake, IL, John (Sue) Casanova of Frisco, TX, Philip (Jane) Clement of Norwich, Dale (Laura) Kirchbaum of Greene, Douglas (Sue) Kirchbaum of Horseheads, Diane (Dave) Quarella of Greene, Stephanie (Stevie) Morley of Morris, Patti Jo (David) Betz of Bothwell, WA, and Chip (Debbie) Enggaard of Baltimore, MD; and several beloved cousins.

Ken was a US Naval Intelligence Officer during the Viet Nam War. He retired from New Process Gear in Syracuse as Quality Control Manager. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed many hours of working for Habitat for Humanity. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, enjoying trips to Canada with his friends. He formerly enjoyed playing golf. He was known and loved by his neighbors and friends for his helpfulness and friendship.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford, NY with Rev. Allen C. Lang officiating. Burial will be in Sylvan Lawn Cemetery, Greene.

Friends may call at the Behe Funeral Home on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

Grace M. Davidson

Published on: Wednesday, May 20, 2015


SHERBURNE – Grace M. Davidson, 94, of Route 12, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at her home.

She was born June 1, 1920 in Sherburne, NY a daughter of George and Mary Newman Moran, and was a graduate of Sherburne High School. On August 18, 1942, Grace married Richard “Dick” Davidson at St. Malachy’s Church in Sherburne. A lifelong Sherburne resident, Grace assisted her husband in the operation of their dairy farm. Dick predeceased her on April 22, 1996. Grace took great pride in her lawns and gardens, doing all the maintenance on them herself with loving care.

She was a member of St. Malachy’s Church, and the Altar and Rosary Society.

Surviving are her children, John and Susan Davidson, William and Alette Davidson, all of Sherburne; Patricia and Dean Sanderson of Towanda, PA; nine grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are Clarence and Helen Rowe, and their daughter, Deborah, who Grace considered her family. She was predeceased by two grandsons, Elliott Davidson and Brian Sanderson; and two sisters, Mary Wickham and Patricia Barnes.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am Saturday, May 23, 2015 at St. Malachy’s Church, East State St., Sherburne, followed by interment in St. Malachy’s Cemetery.

At Grace’s request there will be no calling hours.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Legion Post #876, Sherburne, NY 13460; or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, NY.

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Gary Burke

Published on: Thursday, May 21, 2015


NORWICH – Gary Burke, 68, of Norwich, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City, surrounded by his family.

Gary was born March 28, 1947 in Norwich, to Robert and Irene (Long) Burke. He graduated from Norwich High School in 1965, and after a short stint in the Air Force, briefly worked for the DPW in Norwich. He was then employed as a mail clerk by the U.S. Postal Service in Watertown, NY for the next 20 years.

Gary met his wife, Jolynn (Vorhies) Burke, also of Norwich, in 1972, and they were married on July 6, 1974, and made their home in Watertown and later in Adams Center, NY.

In 1986, Gary was hired as a mail carrier by the Norwich office of the USPS, and they moved to Norwich, residing on Division Street since 1987. He retired from the Post Office in 2004, and at the time of his death, was employed as a custodian for the Broad Street United Methodist Church in Norwich.

Gary is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jolynn, their daughter, Jonna M. Burke, and granddaughter, Alyssa M. Burke, all of Norwich. He is also survived by his brother, Don Burke, of Sherburne, as well as an aunt and several cousins and many special friends.

Gary had a keen interest in local history, especially pertaining to Norwich. He served on many committees for local events and celebrations, including several class reunions. He was a member of, and also exhibited at the Norwich Historical Society Museum. He researched Norwich people and places, and interviewed many community elders over the years. He collected milk bottles from local dairies, and many artifacts from factories and businesses from previous eras.

Gary had a gift for acquainting himself with strangers and newcomers to the area. The next person he met was his newest friend. He was a fan of local sports teams, and all professional teams from Boston, particularly the Red Sox.

It was Gary’s wish not to have a funeral. His family is planning a celebration of his life, and will provide details once plans are confirmed.

Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, the Chenango County SPCA, or Little Mews Rescue in Oxford, NY.

Arrangements are by the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home.

Bethany Adams

Published on: Friday, May 22, 2015

Bethany A. Adams, 37, of Norwich, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY. Private memorial and committal services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at:

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilson Funeral Home.

William W. Gray

Published on: Friday, May 22, 2015

GEORGETOWN – William W. (Bill) Gray, 53, of Georgetown, passed away unexpectedly Monday evening, May 18, 2015, at Wilson Regional Medical Center, Johnson City.

A Memorial Service to Celebrate the Life of William W. (Bill) Gray will be held on June 1, 2015, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Plymouth Fire Station.

A full obituary will appear in The Evening Sun next week.

Arrangements are by the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home of Norwich

Constance Callea

Published on: Friday, May 22, 2015

NORWICH – Constance S. “Connie” Callea, 83, of Norwich, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at her home with family at her side.

Born June 25, 1931, in Buffalo, Connie was the daughter of John and Mary (Zappia) Sartori. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy with the Class of 1949, and then worked for New York Telephone in Buffalo.

On September 6, 1952, in Buffalo, Connie married Louis C. Callea who died in 1977. Following their marriage, Connie and Louis moved to Arlington, VA while Louis was in the service. They returned to the Buffalo area before moving to Monticello where Connie worked in the high school guidance department. They came to Norwich in 1972, and Connie worked for several years as an account clerk for the Chenango County Department of Social Service, retiring in the early 1990’s.

Connie was a member of St. Paul’s Church.

Connie’s greatest pride was her family and she devoted herself to being a mother and a grandmother (Nana). Connie is survived by her daughter, LuAnn Callea-Friedberg and her husband, Larry, of Gainesville, FL; her sons and their wives, Gary J. and Linda J. Callea, of Norwich and Louis J. and Linda C. Callea, also of Norwich; grandchildren, Jenifer, Christine, Brian and Joseph and great grandchildren, Juliette and Tyler. She is also survived by her best friend and sister, Antoinette “Toni” LiPuma, of Buffalo, and several nieces and nephews. Connie was predeceased by a brother, John. Connie also leaves behind her special friends Joyce Zirkel, Betsey Faucher, and Debbie Martinson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at St. Paul’s Church with Rev. Ralph Bove, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

Contributions in memory of Connie may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, Central NY Chapter, 411 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home website at:

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